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Hands On: Folk+Form by Snøhetta, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird

Folk+Form, a book designed by Snøhetta celebrating the legacy of Norwegian furniture manufacturer Vestre

Vestre is a Norwegian, family owned and run, urban furniture design and manufacturing business founded in 1947 by Johs. Vestre. Although Vestre’s catalogue is extensive and diverse, it typically features colourful detailing and modern forms, holds true to the founder’s vision of designing and manufacturing for longevity, and has a social and sustainable-dimension.

Snøhetta, who previously worked with Vestre on the development of a new production facility in 2013, and were involved in the refurbishment of their headquarters and showroom in 2017, continue to collaborate with the manufacturer, this time on Folk+Form. Folk+Form is an exhibition and two-volume book that brings to life the Vestre family legacy and coincides with the company’s 70th anniversary.

Through exhibited work, art pieces, film, text and photography, presented across exhibition and book, Folk+Form pays tribute to the design and manufacturing of Vestre, and its continued commitment to making high quality, sustainability and accessible urban furniture for national and international markets.

In the second of an ongoing series, which follows Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold by Blok, BP&O takes a hands on look at Folk+Form. This post intends to augment the initial impressions given by Snøhetta’s press release and promotional images, reviewed here.

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BP&O Collections — Die Cutting

Selected by Richard Baird.

BP&O Collections — Die Cutting

A continually updated gallery of brand identity, packaging and graphic design, reviewed and published on BP&O, that include a distinctive use of die cuts. This post features work by B&B Studio, Neue and Believe in, and covers a variety of projects, from simple stationery sets to broader brand identity systems.

Die cuts have been used in a variety of ways. These include the smart use of familiar shapes by Toko for ShopAround, the colouring of the RWA monogram with artwork by Spy, and the playful puzzle pieces of Lundgren+Lindqvist’s brand identity for Roger Burkhard.

Between them, featured work moves between a simple but high impact use of contrast—often juxtaposing product and packaging, material, colour and pattern—to those that are more conceptual, subtly expressing the themes inherent to the brands, products and books they are associated with. Be sure to click the images to read more about the project and the intentions of each design.

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Agder Bryggeri by Frank, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logotype by Oslo-based Frank for Norwegian craft beer Agder Fatøl and Skutepils

Agder Bryggeri is a historical name amongst breweries throughout Norway. It was first established in 1900 but was closed down in 1904 due to operational problems. Recently, the brewery has been resurrected as part of Norsk Bryggerier’s commitment to local beer brands, and is sold throughout the Agder counties of southern Norway. Oslo-based design studio Frank delivered brand strategy, concept, visual identity and packaging design for Agder Bryggeri. Taking inspiration from the “de hvite byene” or “white towns” in English, and the sailing heritage of the region, the studio delivered a characterful, sea-breezy and minimalist design through the handwritten character and flourishes of a logotype, blue and green ink and a white background.

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